Sunday, August 30, 2009

NBC | Teddy Bruschi Retire



NBC | Teddy Bruschi Retire on Hot Topics -- Teddy Lacap Bruschi or known as Teddy Bruschi was confirm retiring from his debut career on sport. Teddy Bruschi was born on June 9, 1973 in San Fransisco, California. Teddy Bruschi is an American football linebacker for the New england of the National Football League. Today, press release Tedy Bruschi will announce his retirement. But, The Patriots have not confirmed the news but did issue a press release saying "The New England Patriots have called a press conference for an important player announcement at 10:45 Monday morning."

New NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, a former Patriots safety who also retired this off season, had this to say about Teddy Bruschi on the telecast: "A terrific football player, a great friend of mine, one of the hardest-working guys that I've ever been around, a tremendous leader in that locker room, a guy that was an integral part of that 2003-2004 Super Bowl run that we had."

Below is the list highlights career of Teddy Bruschi:
GP/GS (Playoffs): 189/139 (22/17) (Source: Patriot.com)
  • In Bruschi's 13-year Patriots career, he has been a part of nine playoff seasons, eight division championships, five conference titles and three Super Bowl crowns.
  • In Bruschi's 211 career games (including regular-season and playoffs), the Patriots have a 144-67 (.682) record, including a 16-6 (.727) playoff mark. The Patriots have finished with a winning record in 11 of his 13 seasons and have finished with at least 10 wins in nine of his 13 seasons.
  • Bruschi enters the 2009 season having played in 189 regular-season games for the Patriots since joining the team in 1996. His 189 games are more than any other linebacker in team history and rank third among all defensive players and sixth overall in team history.
  • Bruschi has played in 22 career playoff games, the highest total in Patriots history and tied for the second highest total of any active NFL player in 2009 (Adam Vinatieri, 23).
  • Bruschi has played in five Super Bowls with the Patriots over his 13-year career, tying the NFL's second highest Super Bowl appearance total, trailing only Mike Lodish (six Super Bowls with Buffalo and Denver). Bruschi's five Super Bowls ties the NFL record for a linebacker.
  • Bruschi has averaged 105 tackles over the last six seasons. His 2003-08 total of 631 stops are the most on the team over that span. Over that time, the Patriots allowed an average of 17.25 points per game, the second best total in the NFL.
  • Bruschi led the team in regular-season tackles in 2006 (124) and 2007 (99) and also led the team in playoff tackles both years.
  • In 2008, Bruschi was a defensive captain for the seventh time and finished fourth on the Patriots with 71 tackles despite missing the final three games of the year. He was part of a defense that allowed 19.8 points per game, a total that ranked eighth in the NFL.
  • In 2007, Bruschi was a defensive captain and led the team with 99 tackles as the Patriots allowed just 288.3 yards per game, the franchise's best such figure in 25 years.
  • In 2007, Bruschi was a key leader on the first team in NFL history to complete a 16-0 regular season, as the Patriots tied the NFL's all-time mark with 18 overall victories and set a league record for point differential, outscoring opponents by 315 points.
  • In 2006, Bruschi was a captain on a Patriots defense that set a franchise record by allowing just 14.81 points per game. The defense allowed just 237 points, the fewest by any Patriots club over a 16-game season.
  • Bruschi led the Patriots with 124 tackles (67 solo) in 2006, marking the first time in his 11-year career that he led the team in tackles. He has finished second on the team in tackles on four occasions (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004).
  • Bruschi, the NCAA's all-time sack leader, has provided 30.5 sacks in 13 seasons as a Patriot. The Patriots are 25-2 in the 27 regular season games in which Bruschi has recorded at least one sack.
  • Since 2002, Bruschi's nose for the ball has created seven defensive touchdowns. He scored four of those touchdowns on interception returns (two in both 2002 and 2003), forced two fumbles that were picked up and returned for scores (10/03/04 and 11/28/04), and tipped a pass that was grabbed by James Sanders and returned for a touchdown (12/11/05).
  • In December 2005, Bruschi was a key part of a runstuffing unit that allowed an average of just 31.3 rushing yards per game during the month as the Patriots won all four contests to claim the 2005 AFC East title.
  • Bruschi helped to anchor a Patriots defense that set a franchise record by allowing a total of just 10 points over a three-game span from 12/04/05 to 12/17/05.
  • In his first game after suffering a stroke that sidelined him for the first six games of the 2005 season, Bruschi earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following a 10- tackle performance against Buffalo (10/30/05).
  • Bruschi earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2004 after a season in which he co-captained a Patriots defense that allowed 16.25 points per game, the second fewest in the NFL and the third fewest in franchise history. As a team captain, Bruschi's relentless work ethic and on-field intensity have helped to set the tone for the entire team.
  • Bruschi is the only player in NFL history to return four consecutive interceptions for touchdowns and his career total of four picks returned for scores ranks second in Patriots history. He is tied for fourth in NFL history among linebackers, and Bruschi is the only Patriots linebacker to return multiple interceptions for scores in a single season (2002 and 2003).
  • Bruschi's 12 career interceptions rank fourth all-time among Patriots linebackers. Bruschi also has two postseason interceptions to his credit, including one in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX.
  • In the 2004 regular season, Bruschi finished second on the team with 128 tackles (84 solo) and tied for second on the team with three interceptions. His solid play continued in the playoffs, where he finished second on the squad with 23 tackles (18 solo) and added a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
  • Bruschi was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week three times in 2004. He earned the honor twice in the regular season (Weeks 4 and 17) and also won it following a 20-3 win over Indianapolis in the Divisional Playoffs, when he forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles as the Patriots defense held the highly-regarded Colts offense to just three points.
  • Bruschi ranked second on the team with 137 tackles (87 solo) in 2003, just three shy of Rodney Harrison's team- leading 140 stops. His 137 tackles were just one short of his career high, set in 1999.
  • In 2003, Bruschi was a captain of a Patriots defense that became the first defensive unit in 65 years not to allow a touchdown in four consecutive home games in one season. The last team to accomplish the feat was the 1938 New York Giants.
  • Bruschi was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2003, following his contributions to Patriots victories in Week Two at Philadelphia and in the AFC Eastclinching victory over Miami in Week 14.
  • Bruschi tied a career-high and ranked third on the team with 4.5 sacks in 2002.
  • Bruschi started nine of 15 games in 2001 and finished third on the team with 73 tackles.
  • Bruschi recorded 15 tackles (13 solo), including 1.5 sacks during the 2001 postseason.
  • Bruschi started all 16 games at linebacker in 2000 and finished the season with 105 tackles (68 solos). It was his second consecutive season with more than 100 tackles (138 in 1999).
  • Bruschi started 14 games in 1999 and finished second on the team with 138 total tackles, including two sacks.
  • Bruschi earned the starting outside linebacker responsibilities at mid-season in 1998 and finished fourth on the team with 81 tackles.
  • Bruschi recorded two sacks in Super Bowl XXXI vs. Green Bay, just one shy of the Super Bowl record (Reggie White, 3.0, Super Bowl XXXI).
  • Bruschi scored his first career touchdown (at any level of competition) at Baltimore (10/6/96) when he picked up a loose ball after a Larry Whigham blocked punt and returned it four yards for a score.
  • Bruschi recorded a single-game career high with a pair of sacks and also forced his first career fumble at Baltimore (10/6/96).